Overview – welcome to TRA2020 and Helsinki

Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the foremost European transport event covering all modes and aspects of mobility. The next edition of this biennial event will be held in Helsinki on 27-30 April in 2020. TRA2020 is co- organised by the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication and the European Commission. The event gathers researchers, policy makers and industry representatives together and offers a unique opportunity to stay on the edge of mobility research, policy trends and plans, and industry achievements.

Helsinki – a smart city where modern urban life meets a beautiful diverse environment. The strength of Helsinki lies in its people. Helsinki is about flat hierarchy, networks and collaboration between businesses, academia and the city. Helsinki is a pioneer in user-inspired design and open data. Bold experiments with digitalisation combined with a world-class public transport system fertilises an exceptional platform for business, innovation and entrepreneurship. In Finland, the TRA attendees will get to know about silo-breaking re-regulation of the entire transport sector, enabling mobility trials and promoting innovation actions and pilots. This context builds framework for an exciting TRA2020 in Helsinki.

Conference topics

The conference will cover the whole spectrum of challenges and opportunities faced by our mobility. It will address all modes and components of the mobility system, passenger and freight transport as well as cross-modality. The conference theme “Rethinking transport – Towards clean and inclusive mobility” will frame, but not limit, the conference topical coverage.

The TRA 2020 priority topics are tagged as follows, highlighting the perspectives of re-thinking:

  1. Consumer- and user-focused mobility services, servitisation
  2. Digitalisation, incl. cyber security
  3. Automation & robotisation
  4. Electrification, energy and power alternatives
  5. Climate change, mitigation and resilience, environment
  6. Urbanisation, social change, societal sustainability
  7. Habitat, health, quality of life
  8. Technology & engineering
  9. Planning, modelling and system design
  10. Policy and regulation, market efficiency, competitiveness, innovation
  11. Safety and security
  12. Investments, finance, procurement, PPPs

Why take part?

The TRA2020 will include strategic and policy sessions, special and side events, scientific and technical sessions, as well as an exhibition and demonstration space. The scientific and technical sessions comprise research papers, the best of which will be published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

If you want to know where the European mobility is heading to, then Helsinki is the place to be!